Waimea Things to Do
The falls are located at the end of the trail. And they are worth the walk. You can go swimming in the pool by the falls so bring your bathing suit and towel. You will have to rent a life jacket before being allowed to go swimming. The pool is very deep in spots and you are required to wear one for your safety. There is a life guard on duty also for your protection.
I did not go swimming. I had fallen and broken my ankle while on a trip to Thailand in February 2014. The break had healed by July but the ankle was still weak and still had pain at times. I did go swimming in the water falls when I was in Maui in September 2013 so I knew the rocks around and in the pool can be very slippery. I did not want to take any chances and cause any damage to my already weakened ankle. I do hope to return soon though and swim in the falls of Hawaii once more.
Waimea Falls, like so many other places on Oahu have appeared in movies and TV series. In the movie Ride the Wild Surf one of the characters jumps from the top of the falls. Of course in reality the park does not allow you to climb the rocks and dive from the top of the falls. The falls are 45 feet tall.
Take your time on the trail to see the falls. There are so many beautiful flowers and plants to see along the way. The wild life in the park makes up one of the most beautiful botanical gardens I have ever seen. Every path and turn you will see something different each one more beautiful than the last.
Once you have seen the beach in Waimea next it's time to visit Waimea Falls. The falls have also been featured in movies and television shows. To reach the falls you have to visit Waimea Falls State Park. There is a fee to enter the park but it's well worth the price. The nature trails are magnificant. It's about a half hour walk to reach the falls. But there are many places to stop and plenty of benches if you need to take a break.
Traveling around the North Shore you will undoubtedly run into traffic. Parking is a nightmare as well. The only way to make this better is to realize that you are here to relax. It really doesn't matter when you get to your destination.
This is another example of "Island time" I didn't notice any drivers that were irritable. It just seemed to be the way it is. If you get frustrated and think you may start yelling at people, just pull over and lay on a beach for a while.Related to:
- Road Trip
Waimea Warnings and Dangers
If you plan to walk the gardens at the Audobon center late in the day, I would suggest you bring bug repellant for the mosquitoes. The mosquitoes were pretty sneaky and persistent and we ended up with some itchy bites.